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Wedding couple say 'I do' just in time!

by Michael Ford last modified 02 Apr, 2020 07:20 PM

One of our priests managed to marry a couple just hours before the Government's 'no weddings in church' rule came into force.

Wedding couple say 'I do' just in time!

Original photo by Emily Woodcock BNPS


GP trainee Emily Woodcock, 32, and hydrographic surveyor, Stuart Leaky, 39, got married at St Christopher's Church in Winfrith Newburgh last Monday in a service conducted by the Revd Robert Marsden.

The couple were originally due to get married in June, but pushed their wedding date forward once they realised that the COVID-19 outbreak would prevent them from keeping their planned date.

Emily, now Mrs Leaky, said:

"I was not going to let coronavirus stop me from getting married.

"We asked ourselves how we were going to do it and we spoke to our reverend and then, suddenly, we had less than 2 days' notice before we got married!"

The couple, who live in East Knighton near Dorchester, already had their rings but Emily's dress had not yet been adjusted so she borrowed a fur jacket from a neighbour to cover up the top of her gown.

Stuart said:

"Even though the church was empty it was very intimate and it was nice because of that. We made it as special as we could.

"The reverend was so lovely and really went out of his way to make the most of it for us."

The couple are planning on having a blessing and a party involving all of their friends and family in June 2021 and are pleased to get to spend an extra year saving up for their celebration.

He added:

"They say you only get to do it once but we get to do it twice!"

Emily said:

"We love that we have done this and, at a time when things are so sad, I'm so happy to share it."

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